West Virginia has to beat a Tough Oklahoma State Squad
The West Virginia Mountaineers and the Oklahoma State Cowboys will clash on Saturday when they meet at Boone Pickens Stadium. This is a huge game for both teams and will figure in who plays in the Big XII Championship game.
West Virginia has a showdown looming versus No. 6 Oklahoma the day after Thanksgiving. That contest could determine the Big 12 Championship Game participants and serve as an elimination game for the College Football Playoff. West Virginia can’t afford to look past Oklahoma State in Stillwater on Saturday.
The Cowboys are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Sooners. They will have to reach deep down when their awful defense takes the field against the high-powered Mountaineers offense.
TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC.
LINE: West Virginia -6; O/U: 74.
West Virginia is tied for first in the conference with Oklahoma in the Big XII standings. Both are a game ahead of Iowa State and Texas.The Mountaineers are 8-1 on the season and 6-1 in conference play.
The Mountaineers broke open a 3-3 game against TCU last Saturday with 30 points over seven minutes bridging the first and second halves. It led to a route and a 47-10 victory.
Will Grier recorded his 17th 300-yard passing game and his 15th three-touchdown passing game. The defense held the Horned Frogs to 222 total yards, including minus-seven yards rushing. It was welcome after surrendering 41 points and 520 yards one week earlier to Texas.
West Virginia TE Trevon Wesco caught five passes for 89 yards against Texas. It was the first game since 2002 in which a Mountaineer tight end led all receivers in receiving yards.
Linebacker David Long Jr. had three sacks among his four tackles for loss. He also had three pass breakups against TCU. Long has 84 tackles, 17.5 TFLs and seven sacks on the season.
“How can he not be player of the week (once all season)? We’re 10 games into this thing, and he does the same thing every week,” Gundy said at his weekly press conference. “You look up and he has 10-12 tackles and five tackles for loss and a sack, or two, or three, like it was last week. He makes every play, and he affects every play. I guarantee you the offense knows where he is every single play.”
Grier has 2,961 yards and 31 TDs for the season. He definitely kept his Heisman Trophy campaign headed in the right direction by completing 25-of-39 passes for 343 yards and three TDs.
Oklahoma State Not Bowl Eligible Yet
The Cowboys dropped a 48-47 decision to Oklahoma last weekend. Coach Mike Gundy elected to go for a two-point conversion with 1:03 to play. Taylor Cornelius threw short in the end zone, keeping the Cowboys one win away from bowl eligibility. They are 5-5 on the season. They are only 2-5 in conference play.
Cornelius threw for a career-high 501 yards, including a 24-yard TD pass to Tylan Wallace with 1:03 to play to bring the Cowboys within one.
Wallace had 10 catches for 220 yards and two scores. Tyron Johnson set a career high with 11 receptions for 128 yards and a score. Dillon Stoner tied a season high with five catches and set another with 70 yards receiving.
Oklahoma State rolled up 640 yards of total offense. That includes 104 yards rushing and three TDs by freshman Chuba Hubbard. They also surrendered 702 yards and 30-plus points for the fifth straight game.
Wallace was just named one of 11 finalists for the Biletnikoff Award on Monday. He is third in FBS with 1,282 yards and leads in yards per catch at 18.5.
The Cowboys lead the all-time series 5-4, including wins the last three seasons.
PREDICTION: West Virginia 47, Oklahoma State 31
NCAA Football Betting Odds & Trends
|West Virginia Mountaineers|
|West Virginia is 6-2-1 ATS in its last 9 games|
|West Virginia is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of West Virginia’s last 6 games|
|West Virginia is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road|
|West Virginia is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Oklahoma State|
|West Virginia is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Oklahoma State|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of West Virginia’s last 5 games when playing Oklahoma State|
Oklahoma State Cowboys
|Oklahoma State is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games|
|Oklahoma State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma State’s last 6 games|
|Oklahoma State is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home|
|Oklahoma State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing West Virginia|
|Oklahoma State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing West Virginia|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma State’s last 5 games when playing West Virginia|
West Virginia home to Oklahoma Friday, November 23
Oklahoma State at TCU Saturday, November 24
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